Poacher fears on Fenland’s drains

Spratts ac winner Colin Varney
Spratts ac winner Colin Varney

Over the past few weeks there have been some very disturbing rumours going around the local angling scene that poachers have been targeting Fenland drains.

We have all heard of pike and sometimes tench being taken for the pot but this sounds much more serious. Poachers have been on the drains in boats and it is feared that they have not been fishing as such but in fact have been netting waters. I would be surprised if they are for eating although it is possible but they could be netting for big financial gain, either selling the fish to fishmongers or trying to restock waters.

Either way it is illegal and the local clubs should be vigilant at dawn and dusk, informing the Environment Agency and the police if they see anything suspicious.

The biggest match by far at the weekend was the East Midland Winter League fished on the Old Nene through March town centre and out to the by pass. Because we have had very little rain over the past couple of months sport was difficult for many.

The leading weights were good and on the team front our local lads Sensas Mark One continue to impress. Sunday’s match saw them take the top spot with a convincing win scoring 27 points. The match win saw them climb to the top of the league, joint top with Browning Hotrods with just one match to go.

On the individual front Mark One stalwart Martin Roper stole the show with a fine display of controlled match fishing. The first half of the match saw him fishing bread punch on the swimming pool section. He caught steadily for the first two hours, taking skimmers and small roach.

But it was his switch to the hemp seed line further across that elevated him up into pole position and he finished with 13lb 1oz, a cracking weight on a difficult day.

The last round will be fished on the Grand Union Canal at Milton Keynes.

Result: 1 M Roper, Sensas Mark One, 13lb 1oz; 2 J Drakulic, FM Stanjay Gold, 12lb 10oz; 3 T Nash, browning Hotrods, 10lb 8oz; 4 M Caldicote, FM Stanjay, 9lb 15oz; 5 S Northrop, Browning Hotrods, 9lb 10oz 8dr.

Teams: 1 Sensas Mark One, 27pts; 2 FM Stanjay Gold, 31; 3 Browning Hotrods, 31; 4 Maver Bait Tech, 33; 5 Garbolino Peterborough, 34; 6 FM Stanjay, Red, 54.

League: Jt 1 Browning Hotrods and Sensas Mark One, both 11pts; 3 FM Stanjay Gold, 13; 4 Maver Bait Tech,15; 5 Garbolino Peterborough, 25; 6 FM Stanjay Red, 30.

Spratt’s AC

The slightly colder weather is just starting to affect results on local waters as was seen from the latest results. Not that winner Colin Varney was too concerned, he put a level 58lb to the scales from the Horseshoe pool on the Decoy complex taken on maggot and pellet from unfancied peg 14, Runner-up was Bryan Lakey with 42lb caught close in on sweetcorn followed by Mac Campbell with 25lb.

Rookery Farm Fishery

Jay Lake once again proved to be a good even venue in difficult conditions, winner of the latest Friday Open at Pidley was Jim Garretty. He drew peg 42 and caught in the margins on pellet and red maggot weighing 58lb 10oz.

Runner-up was match organiser Roy Whincup, he also caught in the margins on maggot for 55lb 10oz followed by Garry Burton on 50lb 8oz, his catch included a barbel of 4lb 4oz, a good fish for that pool.

Chatteris WMC

The tiny Horseways Sluice at Chatteris produced a cracking little match for the Workingmen’s Club angling section on Sunday. Despite very clear water that is often targeted by cormorants there were plenty of small fish showing. Top rod with 9lb 9oz was Steve Newell followed by Norman Frear on 9lb 6oz and Fred Hart with 6lb 4oz.

Tydd Gote

In the Wednesday match held at Clough on the North Level Drain fishery boss Colin Begbie showed the field he can still catch small fish as well as carp from his Townsend Lakes Fishery.

Colin finished with a net of roach taken on the pole with maggot for 8lb 7oz. Runner-up was Sammy McSpadden on 5lb 2 ½ oz followed by John Young with 5lb 1oz.

Sunday’s club match on the same venue saw weights drop a little, top rod with 5lb 15oz of small roach and skimmers was Dave Sippitts. Mick Asker fished the whip to finish second with 5lb 9oz followed by Colin Gibbons with 4lb 15 ½ oz.